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Link to Juneau Empire Facebook Video The processional and grand entrance at Celebration 2018
in Juneau Alaska June 6, 2018 (Photo screen capture of Juneau Empire Video)

Celebration 2018 June 6-9, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska from Sealaska Heritage Institute
Live Stream Online of Celebration 2018 by

Haida artist Ariane Xay Kuyaas won Best of Show and Best of Endangered Division for her spruce root basket.

Sealaska Heritage announces winners of Juried Art Competition, Youth Art Exhibit (6-6-18)
Jurors were Tlingit artist Jackson Polys and art historian Steve Henrikson.
Master Haida weaver Delores Churchill served as a juror master artist on sewing and weaving submissions.

Sealaska Heritage announced winners of Seaweed, seal oil, contest winners (6-7-18)

Racean Fredrickson of Angoon took 1st place for best seal oil;
Don Bolton of Metlakatla took 1st place for best seal oil with crackling and 1st place for best seaweed.
Second and 3rd place awards for seal oil went to Roberta Revey of Kake and Bolton;
2nd and 3rd place for seal oil with crackling went to Fredrickson and Wanita Bunny James of Kake;
and 2nd and 3rd place for seaweed went to Linda Rae Shearer of Metlakatla and Johnny Jack, Jr., of Angoon.

Celebration food contest highlights traditional staples by Gregory Philson (Juneau Empire, June 8, 2018)

Celeste Worl at the DJ station for SHI Fashion Show Celebration 2018 on June 8, 2018
Photo by Celeste Worl

Link to Vanessa Anniskett's Facebook Video recording from 360 North Livestream of Haida Fashion Designer Dorthy Grant at SHI Fashion Show at Celebration 2018
(Screen Capture of  Haida Fashion Designer Dorothy Grant and Damen Bell-Holter from video)

Dorothy Grant (Official Website)

‘Light and love’: Native Fashion Show gets ‘electric’ response from full house By ALEX McCARTHY Juneau Empire June 9, 2018

Fashion Designer Dorthy Grant and her models for SHI Fashion Show Celebration 2018

Tlingit Fashion Designer Crystal Kaakeeyáa Worl at SHI Fashion Show Celebration 2018
Trickster Company - An innovative indigenous design company out of Juneau, Alaska. Featuring Alaska Native design, artwork, and jewelry.
Photo Sealaska Heritage.

Celebration SHI Fashion Photo from Sealaska Heritage.

Celebration SHI Fashion Photo from Sealaska Heritage.

9 Canoes with the One People Canoe Society traveled from Ketchikan, Sitka, Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, Yakutat and Canada on 'Journey to Celebration 2018 arriving June 5 in Juneau Alaska. (Photo Klas Stolpe).

'Spiritual and powerful': Canoes land at Douglas Harbor for Celebration by Juneau Empire By Gregory Philson (Juneau Empire June 6, 2018)

Growing group of Native veterans paddles to Celebration while raising awareness By Adelyn Baxter, KTOO June 4, 2018

Link to Benjamin Danny Coronell's Facebook Video Heading down the Taku to Celebration 2018.
Canoe Team sang the Yanyeidi Wolf song (Photo screen capture of Facebook Video)

Link to One People Canoe Society Facebook Video "Yakutat canoe team going around point retreat" ‎on Journey to Celebration 2018.
 (Photo screen capture of Facebook Video)

New wolf totem pole is memorial and healing symbol by By JAMES BROOKS Juneau Empire (June 6, 2018)
Photo MICHAEL PENN Juneau Empire

Link to Juneau Empire Facebook Video · #live #cele2018 Totem Pole raising at Savikko Park (Photo screen capture of Juneau Empire Video)

"A beautiful ceremony, what a day." Yéil Ya-Tseen via Instagram

"My #Tlingit brother @martinsensmeier great to have you here today" Yéil Ya-Tseen

Yéil Ya-Tseen April 16 via Instagram ·
Come through, it's gonna be one for the books.
@heardmuseum curated by @dont_tmwtd ��
x @iamcarloscruz #blackconstellation #dearlistener #killtheindiansavetheman

Heard Musuem: Dear Listener
Works by Nicholas Galanin
May 4th, 2018 thru September 3, 2018

Instagram Video of Laura Ortman performance at special preview of Dear Listener
at the Heard Musuem May 3, 2018

Yéil Ya-Tseen
April 19 at 2:39pm · Instagram ·
Joyful work, gunalchéesh for stopping by and for the �� SunWoo & @tsu_namee

Angelina Jolie to produce Jim Thorpe movie with Native American lead
by Windspeaker News

Martin Sensmeier to star as Jim Thorpe. Martin will also executive produce the film.


Nevada Museum of Art Curatorial Director and Curator of Contemporary Art JoAnne Northrup presents on the exhibition Unsettled,
that she curated in collaboration with Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha.
An artist panel follows featuring Alaska artists Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Rebecca Lyon, Allison Warden and Nicholas Galanin,
each with works in the Unsettled exhibition.

Unsettled - Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
April 20th thru Sept 9th, 2018

An Indigenous Artist’s Futuristic Vision of Traditional Transformation Masks by Christopher Green (Hyperallergic Media, April 9th, 2018)
"In Shawn Hunt: Transformation, the Heiltsuk artist expands traditional forms and experiments with new media and painting" by Christopher Green

2018 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament Champs

Yakutat 65, Haines 53 (Women’s Bracket Championship)

Yakutat captures the 2018 Gold Medal title in the Women’s Bracket
Link to Juneau Empire Sports Video on Twitter: They break their postgame huddle with “Good game Haines!”

Haines 83, Klukwan 66 (B Bracket Championship)

Link to Juneau Empire Sports Video on Twitter:
Haines wins the B Bracket title
for the second year in a row, beating Klukwan 83-66.

Klukwan 74, Angoon 70 (C Bracket Championship)

Link to Juneau Empire Sports Video on Twitter: Angoon’s Curtis Lane can’t get this 3-pointer to go in
the final seconds of the #GoldMedal2018 C Bracket championship.
It was a huge sigh of relief for Klukwan — they were leading 72-70 at that point. Klukwan is your 2018 champion!

Kake 63, Hoonah 62 (Masters Bracket Championship)

At the buzzer! Kake’s Kip Howard gets the offensive board and scores
to give Kake the Master’s Bracket championship over Hoonah
Link to Juneau Empire Sports Video on Twitter: Incredible finish to an intense game.

Link to FB video Heather Hintze KTVA added a new video: Kyle Worl AWG 2018 Knuckle Hop.

Kyle Worl reaches 167 feet winning the gold medal for knuckle hop at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games March 23, 2018.
Kyle Worl also won the gold at the High Kick and kneel jump at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

Worl, Team Alaska come home winners at Arctic Winter Games By NOLIN AINSWORTH (Juneau Empire March 28, 2018)

. Twitter Link to Alex McCathy Video of last round of Al “Mean Machine” Valentine at 58 years old, just won by unanimous decision against James “The Beast” on Saint Paddys Day. 

Local Fighter makes Statement with quick defeat of Anchorage Fighter at AK Beatdown By Alex McCathy | Juneau Empire March 19th, 2018

58-year-old Al "Mean Machine" Valentine won against James "The Beast" Roberts during the 31st Alaska Beatdown in Juneau on March 17th, 2018. Al Valentine had his brother John and daughter Eliza in his corner

Al ‘Mean Machine’ Valentine, 58, would like one more chance to fight a heavy weight title bout before he retires. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Valentine setting examples in and out of the ring By Gregory Philson | Juneau Empire March 16, 2018

Damen Bell-Holter of the Hydaburg Team launched and hits a 3 pointer at the buzzer sending epic Championship game into overtime at 2018 All Native Basketball Tournament. Damen Bell-Holter scored 37 points and had 18 rebounds in the Championship game. Kitkatla wins Championship in Seniors Men's Final in overtime at 2018 All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert, Canada. Kitkatla 70 vs Hydaburg 67

Screen Capture of Damen Bell-Holter a part of the World Indigenous Basketball Challenge (Facebook)
launching 2018 World Indigenous Basketball Challenge

Lords of the Plains winners of the 2017 World Indigenous Basketball Challenge are ready to defend their title in 2018.

Martin Sensmeier (Actor) with Damen Bell-Holter at the Youth Basketball Camp.
Damen Bell-Holter on Instagram

"I asked my brotha Martin Sensmeier if he could come by and say a few words to my campers and of course he came through.
He has reached success on some of the highest levels and he's remained true to his roots.
We're nothing but village boys. Much love, bro. — in Juneau, Alaska."

Damen Bell-Holter April 14 at 3:30pm · Instagram ·
So much love and appreciate for the community of Kake and their children.
I am excited to have an opportunity to mentor these kids for years to come.
I can’t really express how much this means to me. . .
Upcoming: Hoonah, Juneau, Ketchikan, Hydaburg. @ Kake, Alaska


Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a Native high-fashion show at Celebration 2018 (Facebook link), a biennial dance-and-culture festival scheduled June 6-9 in Juneau.

(Evening gown by Haida artist Dorothy Grant, modeled by RaeAnne Mills. Photo by Brian Wallace)

"Stalled" Pena Bonita 2018 (NYT)

What to see in New York Art Galleries (NYT)

Artists in the earlier show included Kay WalkingStick, who has three paintings here that think about landscape through an indigenous lens, and G. Peter Jemison, whose drawings here on brown paper bags include wry and blunt titles like “Party Bag” (1982) and “Hunger on Reservations While Children in Africa Starve” (1981).

Newer works include model buildings from Alan Michelson’s “Prophetstown” series, one of which is covered in facsimiles of newspapers from the 19th century with articles and dialogues pertaining to the fate of indigenous people. “Culture Capture” (2017) by Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil and Jackson Polys is a terrific video that turns a visit to an ethnographic museum into a delirious walk through the history of colonialism. (NYT)

Southeast Alaska's Damen Bell-Holter update
CCTHITA donoted 200 black, red and blue Trickster Company basketballs for the event.

Spreading holiday cheer, one basketball at a time
Damen Bell-Holter delivers uplifting talk to Dzantik’i Heeni youth
By NOLIN AINSWORTH (Juneau Empire Dec 10th, 2017)

THE INFORMANTS at Artists Space (New York City December 13, 2017)
Performances by Jim Fletcher and Kite, and videos by Diane Burns; W.K.L. Dickson/Thomas Edison; Guillermo G ómez-Peña; Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Gustavo Vázquez; Sky Hopinka; Tonia Jo Hall; Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Jackson Polys; Kent Monkman; The New York Times, Shelley Niro; and Chris Spotted Eagle.with Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Jackson Polys, Jim Fletcher, Kite.

Jackson Polys is a visual artist whose practice reflects an inquiry into the limits and viability of desires for Indigenous growth. He works in Alaska and New York, and has had solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum and the Anchorage Museum. He earned an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2015 and is the recipient of a 2017 NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship.

'Last Walk' 2017 film win at Red Nation Film Festival Native Cinema for best short in Hollywood, L.A on Nov 22nd, 2017
4 Directors: Anna Hoover (Alaska), Pipaluk Jorgensen and Johanes Lynge (Greenland) and Jerri Thrasher (Northwest Territories)

Facebook link via Mique'l Dangeli

Formline wing installation - part of Alison Marks's first solo exhibition "One Gray Hair" on view Nov 11, 2017 to Feb 4, 2018 at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle.
Organized by the Frye, curated by Dr. Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Zuni/Tlingit). 

"It's a must see!!" Mique'l Dangeli

For more info go to: exhibition/6705/

Nicholas Galanin - Artist & Larry at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Photo Copyright Larry McNeil 2017 — with Yéil Ya-Tseen.

Native Art Now! Nov 11, 2017 to Jan. 28, 2018 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

The Eiteljorg Museum is excited to present Native Art Now!, which includes a traveling retrospective exhibition reviewing two decades of the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship program. Thirty-nine of the most compelling pieces of contemporary art acquired by the museum are on display in Native Art Now! Thirty-nine of the most compelling pieces of contemporary art acquired by the museum are on display in Native Art Now!

"Eiteljorg looks back at 20 years of contemporary art in Native Art Now!" by Rebecca Berfanger (Nuvo)

"When a bunch of Alaskans show up in Reno, only good things can happen — attending Members Premiere: Art + Environment Season with Zak Dylan Wass, Maya Salganek, Allison Akootchook Warden, Yéil Ya-Tseen, Dakaxeen Mehner and Otis Calvin III at Nevada Museum of Art." Julie Decker

"Need a Reason to Visit Reno? "Unsettled" Exhibition at Nevada Museum of Art Tells Story of the West" Rebecca Kleinman (Hollywood Reporter)

'Unsettled' at the Nevada Museum of Art
August 26, 2017 - January 21, 2018

10 Native American Artists challenge Boundaries of Tradition at National Museum of the American Indian's Heye Center by Levi Rickert (Native News Online)

"Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound" presents the work of ten artists who use light, digital projection, and experimental media to reflect on their place in and between traditional and dominant cultures. Nov. 10, through Jan. 6, 2019, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. Artists featured in Transformer include Jordan Bennett (Mi'kmaq), Raven Chacon (Diné), Jon Corbett (Métis), Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe), Stephen Foster (Haida), Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit), Julie Nagam (Anishnawbe/Métis), Marianne Nicolson (Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw), Keli Mashburn (Osage), and Kevin McKenzie (Cree/Métis). The project is curated by Kathleen Ash-Milby (Diné), National Museum of the American Indian, and David Garneau (Métis).

For the first time since the 1980s, Juneau will compete at the Native Youth Olympics
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN (Juneau Empire November 8, 2017)

Kyle Worl, a veteran of the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, will be coaching the team representing Juneau at next spring's Native Youth Olymics
in Anchorage. About 500 athletes from over 100 communities attend the event.

Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications from dance groups that want to perform at Celebration 2018, scheduled June 6-9 in Juneau, Alaska. The Application deadline is March 30, 2018.

Mark Hoover's AFN 2017 Facebook Video

Mark Hoover's 2017 Raven Facebook Video

The Best 4 Photos from the Last 4 Years of Ross Nannauck III

It just wasn't any basketball with Wes Studi on the red carpet!
Trickest Company
with Wes Studi on the red carpet at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. (Facebook Photo 10/23/2017)

72nd Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on March 18, 2018 - March 24, 2018
in Juneau Alaska (Travel Juneau)

Juneau Lions Club 71st Gold Medal Basketball Tournament (Official Site) ... Gold Medal Basketball (Fan Site)
March 19-25, 2017 

Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

Courtesy N7 YouTube

Actor Martin Sensmeier Scores Game-Winning Buzzer Beater in 71st annual Gold Medal basketball tournament game(Indian Country Today)

The 71st Gold Medal Basketball Tournament By KTOO News Department
Sports writer and photographer Klas Stolpe‘s coverage of the Juneau Lions Club’s 71st Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Revisiting Tlingit Veteran Bailey Johnson VS "The Red Baron" Tucker in Juneau Alaska in 2009.

Reigning champ falls in Friday night fights
Angoon's Bailey Johnson surprises Juneau's "Red Baron" Tucker By Courtney Nelson | For the Juneau Empire. Twenty-two-year-old Bailey Johnson, of Angoon, shocked the packed crowd at Marlintini's Lounge Friday for the monthly Roughhouse fights. Johnson picked up an electrifying victory over 2008 Roughhouse Southeast Showdown Champion 19-year-old Aaron "The Red Baron" Tucker, of Juneau. Bailey Johnson served a 15 month deployment tour in Kuwait and Iraq with the Alaska Army National Guard. The Alaska Army National Guard also provided "around the clock" highway security for convoys driving in southern Iraq. Bailey is also a Gold Medal Basketball MVP in 2007 leading Angoon to the Intermediate Bracket Championship while he was on leave from the middle east. Bailey Johnson is one of the Gold Medal Basketball stars in the B Bracket playing for Angoon today.

Al "Mean Machine" Valentine steps back into the Boxing Ring at 57 at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall oct 20th, 2017 at 29th AK Beatdown In Juneau Alaska. White won the match.(Photo AK Beatdown)Al "Mean Machine" Valentine was the 2014 Southeast Alaska Heavyweight Champ a title which he first won 38 years ago. Revisiting a Al "Mean Machine" Valentine 2012 moment. "Mean Machine" defends heavyweight title again" by Klas Stolpe (Juneau Empire Sports) Boxers have a friend in the corner Cornermen help smooth the psyches of Roughhouse fighters By Klas Stolpe (Juneau Empire March 10, 2010)

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